Rare Victory Medal Driver Brokensha A Tank Corps MM winner & WIA Cambrai 20/11/1917

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    Victory Medal named DM2-178725 PTE L H BROKENSHA ASC. Very rare to know the tank he was in and how wounded.

    Only entitled to a pair & MM.


    Leonard Henry Brokensha born in 1896 in Aberavon, Wales and was a printer and enlisted into the Army Service Corps numbered DM2-178725. He must have landed in France with them before transferring to the fledgling Tank Corps. He was renumbered 75016 into the A Battalion Tanks Corps as a Driver of a Tank.

    On 7th June 1917 he was awarded the MM LG 17th Sept 1917 - Whilst in action near Wytschaete on 7 June 1917, he drove his tank for 13 hours over badly crumped ground. On the return journey the tank was heavily shelled, and through his keeping perfectly calm and collected the tank arrived back safely in spite of it being hit. I consider that if it had not been for Pte Brokensha's good driving and coolness, the tank would have been put out of action.

    In A Coy war diary of the famous Battle of Cambrai 20th Nov 1917 -

    Tank No 8066 - Crew No A16 - Commanded by 2nd Lt S Houlton - Casualties Sgt McClumpha, 1st Driver Brokensha & 2nd Lt S Houlton all slightly wounded after tank was hit but remained at duty.

    Tank 8066 left its starting point promptly to time at 6.10am on the 20th Nov, 10 mins, before zero hour according to orders. It proceeded as arranged echeloned behind the other two tanks of No4 section. No difficulty was experienced until on crossing a very small sunken road in front of the Hinderburg Line, the hook retaining the Fascine sheared off and the Fascine fell, being left behind. On reaching the Hinderburg Support line where this Fascine should have been used, the Section Commanders Tank was informed and his Fascine was used.

    Between the Hinderburg Line and Support a MG was engaged and put out of action, the bullets splashing through and causing three slight casualties. Some rivets were knocked out also in the front window. After waiting for the infantry to consolidate on the Brown Line. Tank 8060 proceeded with the section to Marcoing meeting no resistance. At Marcoing the retreating enemy were pursued by fire both 6-pd and MG. On receiving new orders the following day the tank moved to the new rallying point at Ribecourt.